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Security Camera Considerations

As we endeavor to better protect our businesses, organizations and facilities, we often come to the conclusion that we need security cameras and, in many cases, we certainly do. The reality is security cameras should only be one aspect of an overall, well thought out security plan. Security is about layers and security cameras can be one of those layers. However, cameras are not a “silver bullet” that will fix all things security related.

As a nation we have a tendency to always look for that one magical thing that will make all of us safe. When trying to protect property by preventing theft, property damage or even burglary, security cameras often record footage that law enforcement uses to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators. Even if the event is not criminal in nature, the cameras can still be helpful in determining who might be responsible and held accountable.

Security cameras can also make a difference by deterring other type of crimes. For example, if you place cameras in a surgical center, a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living facility you may reduce the chance of criminal activity or even inappropriate behaviors. Security cameras may provide management with the capacity to view the cameras at their leisure from a stationary closed circuit monitor, a desk top computer, laptop computer or even from a smart phone or other smart device such as an IPAD.

A well placed security camera can protect staff members from erroneous complaints or provide clarity to any number of situations that occur daily in healthcare facilities across the nation. The images and data of a security camera system should be housed off-site. If it is to be stored on-site, it should be in a locked, secure room with limited access. All images should be saved and stored for as long as possible. Your security camera system should have up-to-date security software to prevent a breach by hackers or other parties. The number of security cameras, their location and the type of cameras used should be determined through a third-party using a Security Vulnerability Assessment process.

Cameras are most effective when being monitored in real time. This is particularly true in the case of violent incidents such as active shooter events. The key is being able to view cameras from a safe place so that you can provide life-saving information to the staff and patients, as well as responding law enforcement and security personnel in real time.

By detecting and monitoring a potential threat you dramatically increase the chances of preventing the incident or at least reducing casualties. Organizations such as hospitals, malls, sporting venues, and tourist attractions, etc. should certainly have their security cameras monitored in real time and by well-trained personnel. Thank you for reading and Stay Safe!

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